Posted by Ken Warkentin on Wednesday, September 08, 2021 1:47 PM


4-Say You Do – Confidence is everything in trotting & this gelding is on the rise, fresh off an easy romp last week for the red-hot combo of Dexter Dunn & Nifty Norman, look for him to step up in a tricky opener


8-Scirocco Rob – Took a mark of 1:50.3 here this season, he’s been holding steady form in PA, gets some class relief, capable of darting off the wings & overdue


7-Rich And Miserable – Both of the Team Buter trotters ship in fresh off wins @ Pocono, have high numbers in that department, plus controlling speed, this one holds a class edge over the other 



5-De Los Cielos Deo – Classy Team Burke trainee has paid the price for his slow starts, gets further class relief & has been closing stoutly, ample speed to shoot at in this wide-open affair


7-Heza Real Diamond – Twice burned the chalk, caught first over in a fast pace & still kicked home in :26.4 last week, tougher spot, but sports a 1:48.1 mark this season


4-Jagger Rocks – Was hammered down to 30 cents on the dollar & suddenly blasted down the road in a career best of 1:51 two starts back @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, draws well here to employ that strategy



5-Nimah Franco N – NZ import romped in her first US start, then finished a solid third here last week, back half in :54.4, more expected from this eight-time winner in 2021


6-Uptown lady N – Finished with a mighty flurry again last week, just missed from a tough spot in :26.2, back half in :54, this lightly-raced 6YO could be on the verge


9-Sweet Lucy Lou – Freshened recently & has kicked home with some spark in her last two, beaten chalk last week was too far back, now moves outside, but makes a key third start off the bench



3-Max – This Team Burke trainee qualified behind Ramona Hill last week, returns from a seven-month layoff in an easy spot & has the class to trip out & surprise this bunch


9-Globetrotting – Added trotting hopples, stayed flat & showed confident speed @ Harrah’s Philadelphia for Team Burke, draws outside, but gets class relief


6-Rock Party – Erratic 4YO put together a well-rated wire-to-wire mild upset two starts back in PA, Mark Silva trainee switches to the mile track with pace-setting potential



5-Prayforthewicked –Team Alagna trainee a close second in 1:50.4 back in early July, added Lasix just before some recent freshening, won his qualifier with a strong surge


1-As Always – Always B Miki gelding has progressed nicely for Per Engblom, rallied with plenty to hit the board in his Big M debut, back half in :54.3 & lands the rail


6-Metallica – Beaten chalk gave it an aggressive try & just missed with a much-needed Big M acclimating mile & lands in another prime spot to assert himself



5-Lovedbythemasses – Vincennes Trot upsetter in a career best of 1:50.3 missed a month prior to last week’s effort, has a big chance to step up off that needed start for Team Cullipher


1-Chin Chin Hall – Capitalized on a patient drive by Victor Kirby & pounced off a rated pace with the mile of his life, back half in :54.1, classy 5YO gets rail off that upset for the raging Nifty Norman barn


2-Crystal Fashion – Double millionaire still going strong against the top guns like Manchego, draws inside to carve out a stalking trip in a very competitive Open Trot



3-Stone Hanover – Equaled his lifetime mark of 1:49.2 here back on August 6, was flying late from an impossible spot last week, drops again & draws better


8-Bee Two Bee – Gave it an excellent try in an aggressive Big M debut last week, draws a tougher post, but makes his second start for Team Burke here & logically has more


2-Father Nuno – Maintaining consistent form in PA recently, just missed in most recent, gets some class relief & stalks from an inside post in a challenging puzzle



2-Great Unknown – Solid gelding put together back-to-back seconds recently @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, got parked in most recent, lands in a soft spot loaded with question marks


4-HL Revadon – Well driven to be a strong runner up in a solid bounce-back mile last week, took a mark of 1:52.3 here last season & draws well to trip out & follow up


6-Patriarch Hanover – Beaten chalk tried it on the lead, rated & faded to third last week, classy 4YO gets another shot at this reduced level from a tougher post for Team Burke



7-Soho Burning Love A – Classy 1:48.2 performer here this season took advantage of some class relief & revived her winning form with back-to-back romps, stablemate to Lyons Sentinel returns to the Big M ready to roll


8-Warrawee Ubeaut – Two-time Dan Patch Award winner & world champion a twice beaten chalk, just missed two starts back & unleashed big time speed last out, big threat for Team Burke despite post eight 


6-Stonebridge Soul – Consistent Chris Ryder trainee came up third in a :26.3 sprint here from the same post last week, rarely puts forth a bad one & often leaves off the wings for stalking position



1-J M Mandamin – Smaller track specialist noted for his intimidating speed, went all the way three weeks ago @ Pocono, draws the rail, takes on a claiming tag & sets up a solid 1-2 punch for Team Bongiorno


3-Vettel N – Was left in the wake of a revved up Ruthless Hanover last week, has been knocking on the door, draws better for Team Bongiorno & can track his speedy stablemate & pounce late


7-Twin B Tuffenuff – Reinvigorated after some early August freshening, arrives fresh off a decisive upset from post eight @ Pocono, challenging post, but rates highly to lead Team Burke’s double shot in this intriguing affair



3-Alicorn – Bumped into a 1:49.4 standout last week, 1:50.4 winner here this season now gets further class relief & draws inside again with a big chance to get aggressive in this ideal scenario


6-Juxta Cowgirl – Steady mare has been trip & pace compromised in her last two @ Pocono, she gets some needed class relief, owns speed & knows her way around this oval, worth a swing if the price is right


1-Ideation Hanover – Scored an overdue win with a perfect-patient drive by G Nap last week, steps back up in class for Team Cullipher, yet rewarded with the rail in a wide-open match up



5-Franco Totem N – Consistent Erv Miller trainee keeping strong form against top stock @ Hoosier Park, we all know he loves The Big M, so look for him the flaunt his speed down the long stretch here


2-Ana Afreet N – Finally perked up with an improved second from the rail behind the runaway Ruthless Hanover last week, pushes off from another inside post & might be building on something


6-Wes Delight – Team Alagna trainee hasn’t raced in three weeks, but note the fourth in 1:47.4 on Hambo Day & sports a mark of 1:48.3 here this season, can kick home with the best of these



5-I’m A Big Deal – 1:51.4 winner here this season seems to have picked it up in his last two, needed more late punch here last week & drops to face a camera-shy bunch & gets a tepid call in this tricky finale


2-Brazen Brazilian – Forced wide & finished well in :26.2, while making a nice transition to the mile track, draws a better post in a wide-open finale & Joe Chindano, Jr. fresh off his first Big M win last week


8-Montefalco N – Ramping it up on the comeback trail, ships in fresh off a much-improved second @ Pocono, 1:51.2 winner at The Big M this season draws a tough post, but might attempt to blast off with his gate speed









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Ken Warkentin has been a member of the award-winning broadcast team at Meadowlands Racetrack as the Track Announcer and television commentator for 25 years. Ken has appeared on national television networks such as ESPN, called 15 editions of the $1 million Hambletonian, and worked as a member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and CBS Sports.

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